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Tree in Texas Mysteriously Leaks Water

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posted on Aug, 12 2006 @ 05:19 AM
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This East Side tree does its own watering

Web Posted: 08/10/2006 11:09 PM CDT

Vincent T. Davis
Express-News Staff Writer

Lucille Pope's red oak tree has baffled tree experts, water specialists and nursery professionals.

The knotted, towering tree, more than 100 years old, has become the root of scrutiny in her East Side neighborhood. The tree has gurgled water from its trunk for the past three months.

Pope, 65, has sought answers from several specialists, calling experts from the Texas Forest Service, the Edwards Aquifer Authority and nurseries for an explanation.

They've combed her backyard, probing the gnarled tree that leans away from a parked white 1980s Cadillac.

After snapping pictures, doing taste tests and conducting preliminary studies, they're still working to give her a definitive answer.

Photos by Tom Reel/Express-News

Lucille Pope drinks the water that is mysteriously leaking out of a tree in her backyard on the East Side.

Lloyd Pope catches the water springing from a tree in his backyard on the East Side.

"I got a mystery tree," Pope said. "What kind of mystery do I have where water comes out of a tree?"

MySA.com


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Pictures at the link. A miracle? Paranormal? Roots broke a pipe?




posted on Aug, 12 2006 @ 07:29 AM
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This is been on cnn and fox all morning. I think its a trip. My husband just thinks its plain weird. Me I'm leaning towards possibly a water break wonder if they checked that out yet. How pure is this water. As I was writing just now on cnn-- They said the experts said its not a break in the water and their baffled. WOW is what I say.



posted on Aug, 12 2006 @ 07:54 AM
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This tree has been spouting water like a fountain for 3 MONTHS and it's just being reported. Man! The mainstream media is slow! I guess if a story doesn't involve crime or politics (not much difference) it is delayed or not reported at all.



posted on Aug, 12 2006 @ 08:11 AM
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Thats just weird.

I mean, a tree can only hold so much water. So where is all this water coming from? I am assuming that the experts have ruled out everything else.




posted on Aug, 12 2006 @ 08:27 AM
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My first thought was 'natural spring.' Is this still possible? I mean, sure, there may be no pipes in the area, and the water may not contain traces of iron . . . but it's gotta be coming from somewhere.

And a water spring would explain thsi all!! Don't know if they have that sort of stuff in that area, though.



posted on Aug, 12 2006 @ 10:34 AM
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The tap root could have very well found a spring and the H2O is coming up the hollow tap root.

Roper



posted on Aug, 12 2006 @ 10:36 AM
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Originally posted by Roper
The tap root could have very well found a spring and the H2O is coming up the hollow tap root.

Roper


I agree with this one.... The tree is after all 100 years old.



posted on Aug, 12 2006 @ 10:41 AM
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Yeh i would say that it is most likely a spring.

It is a odd story though.



posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 02:40 PM
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This "tree fountain" seems especially ironic because it has sprung out at a time when the area is undergoing drought. The timing is incredible.

Experts in trees and water have examined the tree and the area around it and are unable to explain all of the water that is pouring out of this tree. I read that there is a gallon of water springing from the tree every ten minutes, and it's been doing this for 3 months. That's a heck of a lot of water to pour out of a tree at a time when there has been very little rainfall in the area.

This is the first time any tree has developed a water spout as far as the experts who examined the know. Which makes it that much more amazing....considering all the foliage that covers the planet. This is another wonder of the world.

I'm thirsty all of a sudden.



posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 02:54 PM
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I was raised on a 50+ acre farm, and on that farm we had three trees that were all on the County Register of Really Old Trees (I don't remember what they call it officially) but I think the Oak in particular was well over 400-500 years old. At the foot of that oak was a spring that fed the house and it flowed with a vengence even in the midsts of droughts. Big trees like that have an incredible root system that can literally pull water up from the aquafier. It's pretty amazing nonetheless though.



posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 03:02 PM
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Originally posted by loam

Originally posted by Roper
The tap root could have very well found a spring and the H2O is coming up the hollow tap root.

Roper


I agree with this one.... The tree is after all 100 years old.


I to agree with that theory how ever a few tings don't match up...

First off with that much water running through the tree it could become saturated and possible die could it not?

Secondly a tree doesn't pull water up like a vacume at speed great enough to produce a spout? If the water was seeping out of several spots or through the bark all over the tree I could understand that theory but it is a defined spout shooting out of one pin hole sized hole. Very wierd indeed, there have been alot of natural mysteries occuring lately.



posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 03:05 PM
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Originally posted by twitchy
I was raised on a 50+ acre farm, and on that farm we had three trees that were all on the County Register of Really Old Trees (I don't remember what they call it officially) but I think the Oak in particular was well over 400-500 years old. At the foot of that oak was a spring that fed the house and it flowed with a vengence even in the midsts of droughts. Big trees like that have an incredible root system that can literally pull water up from the aquafier. It's pretty amazing nonetheless though.


There is no spring near the tree in the report. The area around it is bone dry, but even if this were not the case. Even if there were no drought and rainfall was normal, it is extraordinary that this tree developed a water spout. Did any of the trees on the farm that you grew up on ever spurt water out like a drinking fountain? From the article it seems this has never happened before, even when rain is plentiful.



posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 03:12 PM
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i should go check it out... im only like 2 hours away.



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posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 03:20 PM
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Originally posted by SkyWay
There is no spring near the tree in the report. Did any of the trees on the farm that you grew up on ever spurt water out like a drinking fountain?

Springs and the Aquafier are different things, a spring actually rises to the surface, the aquafier/water table is way down in the earth below the surface, and it seems plausible to me that a really old or large tree could develop a root system sufficient to tap into this source. As to water spurting from the tree, the oak i'm talking about didn't but i've seen plenty of trees that leak water from holes in the bark from fences or nails. Think of it like a drinking straw, while you are drinking through the straw and you prick a hole in the straw with a pin, water will come out of it. If you have ever had Maple Syrup you probably understand what I mean. Don't get me wrong, the Water Spurting tree is fascinating, but you'd be amazed how much water travels through a tree's Phloem.



posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 03:26 PM
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Originally posted by krossfyter
i should go check it out... im only like 2 hours away.
[edit on 13-8-2006 by krossfyter]


Cool! If you are able, take some photographs of the tree and the area around it. Take photos of the roots and some closeups of the spout and the spot where the water hits the ground. And....the ultimate test....drink some and let us know how it tastes.



posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 03:41 PM
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Originally posted by twitchy
Think of it like a drinking straw, while you are drinking through the straw and you prick a hole in the straw with a pin, water will come out of it. If you have ever had Maple Syrup you probably understand what I mean. Don't get me wrong, the Water Spurting tree is fascinating, but you'd be amazed how much water travels through a tree's Phloem.


That makes a lot of sense twitchy. And I'll bet those enormous old trees draw up tons of water. But this tree has been spurting out a gallon of water every ten minutes for 3 months. That's some dang good plumbing. However, shouldn't any holes or pricks in the tree heal after a few days or weeks, and not remain for months as is the case with this particular tree?



posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 04:24 PM
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Originally posted by SkyWay

Originally posted by krossfyter
i should go check it out... im only like 2 hours away.
[edit on 13-8-2006 by krossfyter]


Cool! If you are able, take some photographs of the tree and the area around it. Take photos of the roots and some closeups of the spout and the spot where the water hits the ground. And....the ultimate test....drink some and let us know how it tastes.




sounds good man... ill see what i can do. yes... i definitly have to taste it.



posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 08:46 PM
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Maybe its magick water coming from the tree and if you drink, you will live foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...................................................................................
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posted on Aug, 16 2006 @ 09:26 PM
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The San Antonio water department checked out the tree and water. The water contained cholrine which made them suspect it was water from the city system. Next test, turn of the water at the meter in the man's yard. Water stopped flowing from the tree.

The water folks suspect the tree has tapped into a water pipe. They are now looking into fixing the leak.



posted on Aug, 16 2006 @ 10:58 PM
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Originally posted by roadgravel
The San Antonio water department checked out the tree and water. The water contained cholrine which made them suspect it was water from the city system. Next test, turn of the water at the meter in the man's yard. Water stopped flowing from the tree.

The water folks suspect the tree has tapped into a water pipe. They are now looking into fixing the leak.

You might want to post a link to this info, but if you're right then I'll bet the guy that rubbed this water on his hand and claimed it cured him is feeling about two feet tall now.



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